Makray Memorial Golf Club is a banquet hall hosting weddings for couples in the greater Rockford and Chicago, Illinois areas. This classic venue features a stone clubhouse draped in lush ivy and sitting upon a property of fresh green grasses. Sitting approximately an hour outside of Rockford in Barrington, Illinois, this venue offers an escape from the busy city atmosphere.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples' guest lists can include up to 240 guests at the Makray Memorial Golf Club. A stunning outdoor ceremony takes place on the lawn of the venue, with white chairs placed on a flat piece of landscape among the course's gently rolling hills. Indoors, a banquet hall with large windows and French doors keeps the space open and airy. As the sun sets, an overhead chandelier lights the room with a romantic and cozy glow.
The staff at this country club make couples feel as welcome and taken care of as possible. They do this by offering the following services:
This venue hosts bridal showers and engagement parties for couples as well, in addition to ceremonies and receptions.
This golf course began in 1962, founded by Paul Makray Sr. and called Thunderbird. He wanted to create an inclusive space for families without the hassle of membership. The course and clubhouse were remodeled in 2002 and eventually became the Makray Memorial Golf Club.
75 Reviews for Makray Memorial Golf Club
Recommended by 97% of couples
17 User photos
Tressa Bauer · Getting married on 09/09/2020
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect! Everyone we worked with at Makray was very helpful throughout the whole process. They helped make our day amazing and go off without a hitch. The food was incredible. We received rave reviews from our guests on the food and how beautiful the venue was. We planned on having our ceremony out on the golf course, but it was raining and it was just as beautiful inside. I highly recommend having your wedding at Makray. The venue was perfect!Sent on 10/07/2019
Becky Berels · Married on 10/19/2019
Couldn't be happier!
I wish I could give more than 5 stars because Leeza, Laurie, and the rest of the staff at Makray definitely deserve it! From the first time we contacted them during our venue search and even after our wedding, they were warm, inviting, knowledgeable, accommodating, and responsive. And the list of wonderful adjectives I could use to describe them goes on! Even though we were out of town, scheduling meetings, including our tasting, was a breeze. They had wonderful recommendations for other vendors, and made it easy for us to make all of the little decisions we needed to make to bring everything together. In short, they took away quite a bit of the stress that comes with planning a wedding--especially from a few states away!Sent on 10/25/2019
And the venue itself is GORGEOUS! Aside from the outside of building itself and the beautiful ivy growing on the walls, he ballroom has an amazing view of the golf course, as well as a cute veranda where guests can mill about during the cocktail hour and reception.
Finally, to the most important part: the food! I cannot overstate how AMAZING the food was. All of our guests were raving about everything. Appetizers, soup, salad, entree--you name it, we received compliments on it!
I could go on and on, but I'll end with this: Leeza, Laurie, and everyone else at Makray, we cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us, and for how memorable you made our special day! You are all truly wonderful and we are thankful to have had the opportunity to meet you all :)
Jessica Brown · Married on 08/03/2019
So happy with Makray
We had a great experience working with Makray for our August 2019 wedding. We had both our ceremony and reception at the location and chose to have an indoor morning wedding. We chose this venue because of how beautiful and affordable it was. They also provided a lot of services in house (including catering and a day of wedding coordinator). For the services they did not provide, they have partnerships with a lot of great local vendors that are also affordable and good quality. Laurie H. was amazing and worked with us from start to finish in the planning process. She was very personable and professional and helped us see all of our options. Everything was very customizable, which we appreciated since we had a specific budget in mind for our wedding. Audrea M. was also amazing to work with and she did a wonderful job organizing the details of the event. Overall we had a great experience and so much fun. We felt so supported by the Makray team throughout our planning process and our actual wedding day. I would recommend this venue to any of my friends for ceremony and/or reception.Sent on 11/01/2019
I love working at Makray. Wonderful staff and a beautiful location to shoot in the Northwest suburbs. The clubhouse and course are an amazing backdrop for photographs. If you're planning on getting married in the NW burbs, this should definitely be on your list.
We absolutely love working here. It is beautiful and the staff is always great to work with. We can't say enough good things about this place.
I had a privilege to design a wedding at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington. I was very impressed with this facility. As a vendor they are fantastic to work with. Every one was extremely nice and helpful to our team. Also, the grounds of this venue are amazing. Thank You for being a fantastic vendor to work with!